Agnes Obel / Wins IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year Award with 'Citizen of Glass'

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Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel is the winner of this year’s IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year award with her album 'Citizen of Glass'. She succeeds artists such as Caribou, José Gonzalez, Adele or The xx.

Released in October 2016 by Play It Again Sam, 'Citizen of Glass' is the third album of the Berlin-based artist. Obel has formed a strong and successful relationship with Play It Again Sam since the release of her first album, ‘Philarmonics', back in 2010.

On the mysterious title of her album, 'Citizen of Glass', Agnes Obel explained: “The title comes from the German concept of the gläserner bürger, the human or glass citizen. It’s actually a legal term about the level of privacy the individual has in a state, and in health it’s become a term about how much we know about a person’s body or biology or history – if they’re completely made of glass we know everything."  Agnes Obel has recently embarked on a North American tour and will be back in Europe in May.

The European Independent Album of the Year Award will be handed over in person on Saturday 13th May prior to her concert at the Philarmonie de Paris (Cité de la Musique). Agnes Obel was shortlisted together with 24 other artists, showcasing the musical talent and diversity of releases by independent record labels across Europe. The shortlist included, among many others, Radiohead, Dubioza Kollektiv, Highasakite, Klaus Johann Grobe, Sara Renar, Lost Frequencies and Kase.O.



Play It Again Sam Managing Director Peter Thompson: “How wonderful for Agnes’ new album to be acknowledged in this way. She's a successful and well respected artist in many countries across Europe so seeing her receive the IMPALA award is a wonderful recognition of Agnes' widespread popularity and the sheer quality of the "Citizen of Glass" album. Totally deserved."  IMPALA Executive Chair Helen Smith also commented: “This year’s shortlist was once again a set of great albums. This year’s deserved winner is a Danish artist, living in Germany and signed to a British label first launched in Belgium. That really sums up the European independent music sector today”.  

Kristoffer Rom, co-chairman of DUP, the Danish association of independent record labels, added: "DUP is thrilled that this year's award goes to a Danish artist – especially when it's to an artist as gifted as Agnes Obel. Citizen of Glass is a brave, creative and delicate record that keeps on opening doors to new worlds on every listen. It's been among the most played records in my collection since its release and I suspect it'll be so for a while".  


About the Independent Album of the Year Award

The “European Independent Album of The Year” award was launched in 2011, together with the annual “Outstanding Contribution to European Music” award, to mark the 10th anniversary of IMPALA. This award showcases the breadth and diversity of independent talent across Europe. The winner is selected on the basis of completely open criteria from a shortlist compiling national and non-national album nominations from territories across Europe put forward for their musical, artistic or other exceptional quality. Nominated albums were required to have been released on a European independent label between January and December 2016. Previous winners of the Award are Efterklang, Adele, The xx, Guadalupe Plata, Caribou and Jose Gonzalez.  



IMPALA was established in April 2000 to represent independent music companies. 99% of Europe’s music companies are SMEs. Known as the “independents”, they are world leaders in terms of innovation and discovering new music and artists - they produce more than 80% of all new releases. SME’s also produce 80% of Europe’s jobs. IMPALA has its own award schemes to help promote cultural diversity and new talent and highlight the artistic contribution of independent music. IMPALA award winning artists include Modeselektor, Caro Emerald, Adele, M83, Mogwai, Vitalic, Melanie De Biasio, Soap & Skin, Arctic Monkeys, Andrea Bocelli and Jose Gonzalez.  



May 13 Paris, Philharmonie

May 14 Paris, Philharmonie

May 16 Toulouse, Bikini

May 17 Bordeaux, Krakatoa

MAY 19 Reims, La Magnifique Society

May 20 Liege, Forum

May 21 Utrecht, Ronda

May 22 Utrecht, Ronda

May 24 Cologne, Gloria

May 25 Frankfurt, W-Fest

May 26 Prague, Palac Akropolis

May 28 Vienna, Wien Arena

May 29 Budapest, Akvarium

May 30 Wroclaw, Sala Audytoryjna

May 31 Lodz, Wytwornia

June 2 Hamburg, Elbjazz

June 4 London, Roundhouse tickets  

June 6 Dublin, Olympia Theatre tickets

June 8 Glasgow, O2 ABC tickets  


Stream / download 'Citizen of Glass’ here

Watch Agnes and her live band perform a stripped back session version of album track ‘Stone’ in session for Mahogany here  

Stream the current single ‘Stretch Your Eyes’ on YouTube here